5 items from 2012
Marley isn't dead, to begin with...
Ok, when did Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) become the sassy mean girl of New Directions? Because she certainly is here. Granted, her anger is somewhat justified. Marley's (Melissa Benoist) tumble at the end of "Gangnam Style" caused the entire club to rush her back to the practice room for TLC and juice boxes.
This was a mistake. Apparently, the draconian rules of show choir dictate that teams who leave the stage forfeit any chance of a win.
The Warblers have beaten New Directions at Sectionals. The competitive season is over.
Season 1, back again...
In 1760s Denmark, a woman (Alicia Viklander) married to the highly irresponsible King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) falls for his politically radical physician (Mads Mikkelsen). The two lovers conspire to manipulate the king into embracing the ideas of the Enlightenment, which leads to a revolution.
This is a famous story in Denmark, and has been recounted in books, plays, and an opera. However, this is the first time a full film adaptation has been made of such a tale. Co-writer/director Nikolaj Arcel’s successful A Royal Affair (executive produced by Lars von Trier) has now become the country’s official submission for the “Best Foreign Language Film” Academy Award. (Read our Ciff 2012 “7/10″ capsule review here.)
Though Affair required him to heavily research life in 1760s Denmark, Arcel comes from a much more contemporary filmmaking background, and is likely most recognizable for his co-writing credit on the first Girl »
- Nick Allen
Dorothy Booraem is a video production multi-hyphenate from Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to creating several film and video shorts, she is also the writer and director of the Asian-influenced horror feature Wake the Witch (available on Netflix). As the COO of Unfiltered Entertainment, a privately owned production company, she has helped in fostering a creative community of artists who specialize in genre content. Her newest project, Blood Rites, is a well-shot, micro-budget horror feature that she co-wrote, produced and directed with the help of her dedicated team. In spite of our underwhelming review, Booraem generously gave her time (and refreshing sense of humor) to speak with Planet Fury about working with a low budget, her creative process and embracing negative criticism.
How did you get started making movies?
How did I get started making movies? Like this… I was working at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder on the costume/prop crew. »
- Bradley Harding
Actor Bill Paxton studied old letters composed by his great-great-grandfather during the Civil War as research for his new historical miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Paxton and Kevin Costner play real-life rivals Randall McCoy and William Anderson Hatfield, who lead their clan into a bitter battle over the theft of a pig - despite recently becoming the best of friends as comrades during the U.S. Civil War.
Chaos ensues as growing tensions turn the feud into an all-out war over family honour and justice, and Paxton admits he had such a tough time getting into character, he dug up his old relative's letters in a bid to better understand the mindset of the era.
He tells the New York Times, "I went down to Pikeville, Kentucky to do a little research. But these were men who didn't leave a written record. I had a book of letters that my great-great-grandfather Elisha Franklin Paxton had written to his wife during the Civil War. He had gone to Yale (University) and died at age 35 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, leading Stonewall's Brigade (a Confederate Army combat unit).
"The mind-set of that time, when every decision you made was based on Christian duty and honour, was a foreign concept to a modern mentality. To really hear someone of their time speaking under duress was helpful to both these characters, who started out like brothers in the Civil War and came out enemies." »
Of all five nominees for this year's DGA Award — Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo) — you might think that Hazanavicius (above) would be the least likely to have made the film that's sparked the fury of a Hollywood legend. "This Oscar season has so far been tame in terms of bad-mouthing," writes Deadline's Mike Fleming, "and I don't think I've heard a complaint quite like this one before." And he reproduces an official statement that went out far and wide today that begins:
Los Angeles: "I want to report a rape," said Kim Novak, the legendary star of Vertigo, Picnic, and many other revered classics. "My body of work has been violated by The Artist. This film took the Love Theme music from Vertigo and used the emotions it engenders as its own. »
5 items from 2012
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